Album Remarks & Appraisals:
John and Beverley Martyn's classic album from 1970 has now been digitally remastered from the original master tapes and has been expanded with four previously unreleased Demos ecorded at Sound Techniques, Chelsea on 16th April 1969. Having previously recorded two solo albums (London Conversation and The Tumbler) John Martyn teamed up with his wife Beverley to record Stormbringer. Still very much in the folkish vein, some of the stand out tracks include 'Go Out' and 'Get It' (featured on the fantastic Island sampler LP Bumpers) plus the title track. Island. 2005.
Folk artist John Martyn teamed with his wife Beverly for this 1970 album, remastered on this British import and expanded with four bonus tracks.
Personnel: John Martyn (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Beverley Martyn (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Paul Harris , John Simon (keyboards); Levon Helm, Billy Mundi, Herb Lovelle (drums).
Recording information: Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea (04/16/1969).
Photographer: Geoff Alan.
For Stormbringer!, John and Beverley Martyn went to Woodstock, NY, and recorded with several local musicians, including session hands Paul Harris and Harvey Brooks, as well as the Band's Levon Helm. Very much in the mold of the electric Fairport Convention of this period, Stormbringer! sizzles with acoustic interplay and an almost jazzy feel. Highlights include "Woodstock" (not the Joni Mitchell tune) and the title track. ~ James Chrispell